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Western Bulldogs vs Essendon final, Jake Stringer stats, recent form, James Kelly interview

Leave it to Ben Rutten to orchestrate arguably the two most impactful positional changes of the year in his first year as sole senior coach of Essendon.

When injuries decimated much of the Bombers’ engine room ahead of Round 3, Darcy Parish’s long-awaited move to a permanent midfield spot reaped immediate rewards for both player and team, supercharging the side’s run to the finals.

And yet it might not even be the piece de resistance of Rutten’s 2021 coaching repitoir – that honour could go to setting the stage for Jake Stringer to become the best player in the competition right now, with a game against his old side on Sunday a tantalising prospect.

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